The descendants of Casimir and Joseph Wild
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This is a genealogy site for the descendants of Casimir Wild (1827-1904) and Joseph Wild (1825-1900), brothers who were born in Sinsheim, Germany and resided for many years in Bayfield, Ontario, Canada.

Besides Wild, common surnames on this site include Fahnlander, Daggett, Sinner, Etue, Ryder, and many others.

Please feel free to contact me with comments, corrections, additions, questions, or just to say hello to a distant cousin.

I hope that you enjoy your visit.



I am Jan Gallant nee Mattson, great great granddaughter of Casimir Wild. This website is based on genealogy work done some years ago by my mother, Joyce Mattson nee Wild (1929-2004). Without her efforts then, this site would not be here today.

Another invaluable resource has been the marvelous book "A Family Called Wild", edited by Dr. Jim Wild in 1989.

I would like to thank everyone who has reached out and provided me with information for this site. I would like to particularly thank Peter Etue, maintainer of the Joseph Wild branch of the family tree.


My Swedish Ancestors
My father's parents were Amanda Strom (1883-1973) and John Edward "Ed" Mattson (1884-1947), Swede Finns who came through Ellis Island in the early 20th century.

Genealogy Links
General genealogy links and links of special interest to Wilds, Daggetts, Swede Finns, and other branches of the family tree


My maternal grandmother was Dorothy Ann "Billie" Daggett (1900-1964), wife of Edward George "Ted" Wild (1892-1980). Dorothy Daggett could trace her ancestry to John Doggett (1602-1673), an early Massachusetts settler. The Doggett/Daggett family is exceptionally well documented. I have divided this story into three parts:

William Smith Daggett (1864-1912): Dorothy Daggett's father, he served as a US deputy marshal for several years and was a central figure in the Minneapolis/St. Paul census war of 1890.

John Minot Daggett (1818-1905): Dorothy Daggett's grandfather, he went to sea as a young man on whaling ships out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1853 he moved from New England to the Midwest, where his livelihood was tied to the railroad for many years.

Early Daggett ancestors: Dorothy Daggett's 17th and 18th century ancestors, including a connection to the Mayflower


On her mother's side of the family, my maternal grandmother Dorothy Daggett was descended from Irish immigrants:

Michael Ryder (1828-1875): Her maternal grandfather Michael Ryder was born in County Mayo, Ireland. He and his wife Rose Joyce (1837-1885) lived in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada during the 1860s and 1870s. Newspaper articles from those years, together with other information about Michael Ryder, tell a story of a colorful, likable, and imperfect man.

John J. Ryder (1862-194?), Michael and Rose's elder son, who my grandmother would have known as Uncle Jack. John J. Ryder worked at newspapers for many years. He was a gifted orator with a passion for helping working people. He had a political career and served in the Minnesota state senate from 1899-1902. In 1912 he was elected as a city commissioner in Omaha and put in charge of the police department. In 1914, there was a public uproar when a young man from a "good Omaha family" was killed during an armed robbery at a brothel. Ryder was made a scapegoat and forced to resign his position. He returned to working at newspapers, and spent the latter years of his career at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Michael Ryder (1863?-1914), Michael and Rose's younger son, who my grandmother would have known as Uncle Mike. Mike Ryder worked as a hack driver in St. Paul. He had a couple of run-ins with the law in the late 1890's, and was briefly a sensation in the Twin Cities newspapers when he escaped from the county jail in 1897.

Wild Family Reunion
Wild Party VIII
July 2-5, 2015
Paynesville, Minnesota

On this Date

Catherine Vogt - 1827
Katherine Shupp - 1839
Samuel Roy St. Pierre - 1931